How to Buy Network-Attached Storage (NAS) #nas #device #with #cloud #backup


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How to Buy Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

At its most basic, a NAS is used largely for storage and sharing files across a network, but the newest devices can do so much more. We help you understand what to look for when shopping for network-attached storage.

A network-attached storage (NAS) device is primarily a centralized repository for data. It differs from a direct-attached storage (DAS) device in that instead of attaching directly to a computer, it attaches to (you guessed it) a network. Most NASes are used largely for storage and for sharing files across a network, but the newest NASes can do so much more. In fact, they can do so many things that shopping for one can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know when selecting network-attached storage.

A NAS is a server. Most NASes can be used as multimedia servers, as most support the UPnP and DLNA protocols. These protocols are for sharing and streaming multimedia files to devices such as gaming consoles, tablets, and phones on a network. NASes are also multifaceted devices that can often be configured as FTP, Web, e-mail, and print servers.

NAS Capacity
The main purpose of a NAS is to provide centralized, shared storage. Most consumer and small business NASes support SATA drives, but there are a few models out there that support SSD drives. It’s not unusual to see NASes for home users support up to 8TB storage capacity. Business-class NAS boxes typically scale even higher, with some offering petabytes of capacity.

NASes targeted for home users and small to mid-size business often have expandable capacity through USB ports to which users can connect direct-attached storage devices or though iSCSI support. The QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 . for example, not only has USB ports for expansion, but it also has built-in iSCSI support for creating virtual drives for even more storage.

Network Connectivity
Most current NAS devices have wired Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Many business-class offerings have two or more Gigabit ports for Port Trunking, which provides connection redundancy if one port fails. Multiple Ethernet ports can also be link aggregated, combining the link speeds of the ports and thereby increasing network throughput.

NAS devices that are wirelessly accessible are still somewhat rare. The best we’ve looked at so far is Synology’s DS213air . For now, when you are working with large files wirelessly, you’ll likely experience more latency issues than with NASes connected over the wire. Still, more vendors are beginning to offer dongles for connecting wirelessly.

Measuring NAS Performance
Like PCs, NAS units perform better with improved processors and increased memory. Similarly, the better the processor and the more installed memory, the higher the price. One of the fastest performing NASes we’ve tested is ixSystems’ FreeNAS Mini . This device owes its superior performance to its Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM.

If you know your NAS will be handling a lot of I/O operations (such as users saving and retrieving high volumes of data on a regular basis) it pays to go with a NAS that has a nimble processor and to max out the memory. Most SMB NASes ship with Atom or Intel processors, while more inexpensive devices for home often use Marvell chips.

Backup and Recovery
The data you store is only as good as your last good backup. Higher-end NAS products often have sophisticated management options to configure redundancy (RAID ), as well as some sort of built-in monitoring system that can alert you of impending drive failure and other problems. If your data is mission critical, these are the kinds of features you’ll want.

Another important consideration in NAS disaster recovery is hot-swappable drives. Many newer HDD-based drives will allow you to “hot-swap” a dying disk drive with a new drive, without having to power the NAS down. Many NAS devices with this capability are aimed at businesses. The DroboPro FS is an example of a hot-swappable NAS.

Some NAS vendors are starting to use the cloud as a backup platform for a local, physical NAS. In this scenario, the data on the NAS is mirrored to a server in the cloud. Many NAS vendors partner with hosted providers such as ElephantDrive or Amazon S3. This type of solution is often known as a hybrid backup solution, and it gives you the best of both worlds, as data is stored in two separate locations. Having data reside in the cloud also provides a way to perform a restore in the event of disk failure in the local hardware.

NAS devices often can also back up their own settings and configurations. This is especially important in a business setting, where specific configurations may be required. If the NAS gets hosed, it can be pain to have to recreate all those settings again.

Remote Access and Personal Clouds
NAS devices aren’t just for local access either. Many NASes devices ship with remote access capabilities for managing the device and access the data on it. Cloud services are also useful for sharing content with friends and family, no matter where they are located. Western Digital’s My Cloud personal cloud service is one example.

NAS Security
Security is always a concern, whether it’s for home hardware or business networks. Many of the NAS devices we’ve reviewed support file encryption. Many also offer a variety of security controls to protect the NAS from intruders with firewall-like access protection. For example, business NAS devices often have physical security, such as locked enclosures or Kensington Security Locks (or K-Slots), which tether the NAS to a wall or desk. The QNAP TS-259 is one example of a NAS that has K-Slots on its chassis.

Finally, all NASes have user accounts and authentication methods requiring a username and password to access the device.

Which NAS Is Right for You?
There are many varieties of use cases for NAS products. Luckily, there’s a wide range of devices available and many of them are configurable as well, which lets you further tailor a solution for your specific needs. Whether it’s for home or a business, security, capacity, backup, and file compatibility should be key factors in determining which NAS you choose. The other features are mainly extras, which will be of greater or lesser importance depending on your particular needs.

Check out the 10 Best NAS Devices for the top-rated models we’ve tested.


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Cloud computing and the rise of big data #big #data #and #cloud


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Cloud computing and the rise of big data

Cloud computing democratizes big data – any enterprise can now work with unstructured data at a huge scale.

At first glance, it isn’t obvious why the unstructured data methods of the new big data world are even necessary. Even if new methods bring new business value, why not stay on-premise? Why bother with cloud databases ?

The big data label

Big data is one of those new, shiny labels, like SDN. DevOps and cloud computing. that is both hard to ignore and hard to understand. There is no single “big data” type – it is a collective label stuck on unstructured data, the technology stack it inhabits, and the new business processes that are growing up around it.

For instance, the discipline of big data analytics is about getting business value out of large data sets. Data scientists work with resources and processes to turn data into useful information. The classic RDBMS (Relational DataBase Management System) can handle a lot of data, and has been doing so for decades. Why can’t a data scientist stick with structured data in an RDBMS? Which is best – RDBMS or NoSQL.

Structured or unstructured data?

The technical stack an enterprise chooses is dictated by the type of data they need to store, and the type of data is dictated by business requirements.

The RDBMS is good for managing structured, highly relational data and will continue to be the software of choice for many requirements.

For the growing amount of unstructured data produced by social media, sensor networks, and federated analytics data-and for constantly changing data that needs to be replicated to other operating sites or mobile workers-NoSQL technologies better fit those use-cases. Unstructured data can be terabytes or even petabytes in size.

On-premise relational technology stack

The RDBMS is the type of storage software that has been dominant for decades. All data in an RDBMS is structured – clean, ordered and easy to understand. That makes it good for some work but bad at others. RDBMS products are also well known; a generation of DB administrators is experienced in RDBMS care and feeding.

One big problem with an RDBMS is when it gets too busy. When the quantity of data starts filling up the disk, and the queries are thrashing the CPU and the result sets choke the RAM, more resources are required to keep the DBMS working. There is only one way to scale, and that’s “up.” Scaling out doesn’t work because a relational database service only has one front door. And the only way to scale up is to buy a bigger box.

Scaling up does not cure RDBMS problems. Even the biggest computer, with its huge IT budget-gobbling price tag, only solves the resource problem. The IT department still has to solve other problems like HA fail-over, disaster recovery and storing data where it’s needed.

If the infrastructure is on-premise, there are traditional problems to overcome. Managing on-premise RDBMS is expensive and time consuming. An on-premise MySQL. Oracle or SQLServer database service is propped up by an overloaded IT department with a queue of work and inflexible hardware. If an enterprise rents Microsoft Azure Database. Google Cloud SQL or Amazon RDS these infrastructure headaches go away.

A big data cloud: New solutions, new headaches

In theory, managing cloud-based big data is cost-effective, scalable, and fast to build. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news.

DB administrators don’t have an easy ride. The NoSQL databases that have appeared in the last few years, with their key-value pairs, document stores, and missing schemas, don’t look like the relational databases they are slowly replacing. Also, the new rivers of data are difficult to capture, store, process, report on, and archive.

It’s not so bad for system administrators. If they run a private cloud, the new unstructured data technology stack of hardware and software looks like the old structured data stack – IaaS at the bottom, a database service in the middle, and applications on top delivering the business value. If they manage public cloud services, they don’t have to touch the lower layers of the technology stack.

Sticking data in Windows Azure Tables. Amazon SimpleDB. or MongoDB is just the start of the data science required to make the most of big data. There is plenty of business partnering, re-skilling and other attitude adjustment to take care of.

About Nick Hardiman

Nick Hardiman builds and maintains the infrastructure required to run Internet services. Nick deals with the lower layers of the Internet – the machines, networks, operating systems, and applications. Nick’s job stops there, and he hands over to the.

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Cloud Contact Center Software #cloud #contact #center, #cloud #call #center


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Cloud Contact Center Software

Overview

  • Delivered via the cloud as Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Easily add functionality as you need it
  • No need to buy, maintain or upgrade hardware
  • Pay only for what you use each month
  • Automatic software updates at least twice yearly
  • Support multiple contact centers, including at-home agents
  • 99.99% availability SLA

Our cloud contact center software helps contact centers increase market share and profitability. You ll get an award-winning cloud solution that doesn t require expensive hardware or software. Start with ACD and IVR, the building blocks of our platform, and add customer feedback, CRM/ CTI integration, dialers, quality management, workforce optimization and management, reporting and analytics.

Details

Contact center management software delivered via the cloud as Software as a Service (SaaS)

Forget expensive, upfront investments in contact center solutions. Our platform runs in the cloud as Software as a Service (SaaS) which means reduced IT maintenance costs, no hardware or software investment, and the ability to scale service up or down as you need it.

Easily add functionality to the inContact Cloud Contact Center Platform as you need it

Multi-Channel ACD and Speech-Enabled IVR are the two building blocks of our cloud based contact center platform. Based on your needs, you can add CRM and CTI Integration, ECHO Customer Feedback, Predictive Dialer, Reporting & Analytics, Workforce Optimization, Quality Management, Workforce Management, Network Connectivity, and Disaster Recovery.

No need to buy, maintain, or upgrade hardware

Since our contact center application runs in the cloud, there’s no need to buy, maintain or upgrade hardware. Whether you have an outbound or inbound contact center, you’ll save on capital expenditures while reducing your IT maintenance costs.

Pay only for what you use each month

Our pay as you go billing model means you only pay for what you use. You can also scale our services up and down as needed which eliminates paying for unnecessary staff. Need quick scalability during the peak holiday season? With our cloud contact center software, you can increase and decrease agent seats seamlessly.

Automatic software updates at least twice yearly

No revolving upgrades- your contact center infrastructure is updated automatically at no cost to you. We take care of it, behind the scenes, as part of your subscription fee. With inContact’s cloud contact center platform, you can focus more on the business, while we focus on the software.

Easily support multiple contact centers, including at-home agents, located anywhere in the world

Get the most productive and cost-effective agent arrangement for your business. With our virtual contact center software, we support at-home agents, globally distributed workforces, and multi-site locations.


Cloud Computing with VMware Cloud Technology #cloud #computing, #what #is #cloud #computing,


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Unlock Greater Value from Cloud Computing

We are committed to helping you adopt a hybrid cloud strategy that drives digital business transformation. With the VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture, we are harnessing the power of clouds, making them ready for enterprise use cases by extending the capabilities of our private cloud technologies. So now you can run, manage, connect and secure your applications across multiple private and public clouds and devices – including apps running natively on the leading public clouds.

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture

See how VMware’s Cross-Cloud Architecture helps you avoid cloud silos, giving you both freedom and control in IT infrastructure.

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture supports IT’s adoption of public or private clouds without creating cloud silos.

This new architecture—delivered by VMware Cloud Foundation, new Cross-Cloud services that VMware is developing, and the vRealize cloud management platform —provide a control plane for common management, policies, networking, and security across private and public clouds. The VMware vRealize Suite cloud management platform and VMware NSX are also key components of the Cross-Cloud Architecture.

IT organizations can discover what services exist across different clouds, and enforce security and governance while efficiently managing costs.

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture enables businesses to more seamlessly build and operate cloud-native applications by managing the provisioning and Day 2 management of cloud-native cluster frameworks. Effectively, IT can provide these frameworks as services to their app teams on the cloud of their choice, with freedom and control.

VMware Cloud Foundation

Cloud Foundation is our new unified SDDC platform for private and public clouds. Simplify how IT stands up and maintains private and hybrid clouds while making them easier for developers to use for innovation.


CIMSS Satellite Blog #blog #cloud


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GOES-15, GOES-14, GOES-16 and G0ES-13 Visible images, with SPC storm reports plotted in red [click to play animation]

Severe thunderstorms developed over far northeastern Colorado late in the day on 02 August 2017, producing hail as large as 2.0 inches in diameter (SPC storm reports ). Since GOES-14 (which had been placed into on-orbit storage as a spare satellite) was briefly activated for testing and evaluation, it afforded the unusual opportunity to view these storms from 4 different GOES perspectives.

GOES-16 Visible (0.64 µm) Imagery from 1102-1327 UTC on 31 July 2017 (Click to animate)

GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational and are undergoing testing

Tropical Storm Emily has formed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on 31 July 2017, just to the west of Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. Its presence is possibly related to the surface front that has sagged south into Florida over the weekend. (Sea Surface Temperatures in the area are very warm as well .) In the Visible (0.64 µm ) animation above (a slower animation is available here ), the curved bands of the low-level cloud field are noticeable just northwest of the large convective cluster near Tampa Bay. Clean Window (10.3 µm ) Infrared Imagery shows that offshore convection waned between 1100 and 1300 UTC, shifting to a location just south of Tampa. (Click here for a slower animation)

GOES-16 Clean Window Infrared (10.33 µm) Imagery from 1102-1327 UTC on 31 July 2017 (Click to animate)

About an hour after Emily made landfall, a toggle between Terra MODIS Visible (0.65 µm) and Infrared Window (11.0 µm) images, below, showed the compact cluster of deep convection cloud-top infrared brightness temperatures were as cold as -74º C just off the Florida coast.

Terra MODIS Visible (0.65 µm) and Infrared Window (11.0 µm) images (Click to enlarge)

* GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational and are undergoing testing *

An aircraft dissipation trail formed over far southern Iowa during the late morning hours on 28 July 2017 which was seen on GOES-16 Red Visible (0.64 µm ), Near-Infrared Snow/Ice (1.61 µm ) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9) µm ) imagery(below) .

GOES-16 Red Visible (0.64 µm, tpo), Near-Infrared Snow/Ice (1.61 µm, middle) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9) µm, bottom) images [click to play animation]

As explained in this blog post . these types of cloud features are caused by aircraft either ascending or descending through a cloud layer composed of supercooled water droplets. Cooling from wake turbulence (reference ) and/or the particles from the jet engine exhaust acting as ice condensation nuclei then cause the small supercooled water droplets to change phase and transform into larger ice crystals (which often fall from the cloud layer, creating “fall streak holes “).

Therefore, the glaciated aircraft dissipation trail appears darker on the 1.61 µm snow/ice images (since ice is a strong absorber of radiation at that wavelength), and colder(brighter white) on the 3.9 µm shortwave infrared images.

GOES-16 Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

* GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational and are undergoing testing *

During the week of 19 July 26 July 2017 . the Upper Midwest was affected by a number of strong to severe Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) events, as shown in an animation of GOES-16 Clean Infrared Window (10.3 µm ) images (above) .

At the beginning of that time period, a derecho moved across the region on 19 July producing widespread damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes (blog post ).

Following the derecho, a separate outbreak of thunderstorms exhibited well-defined enhanced-V storm top signatures in western Wisconsin(below) .

GOES-16 Infrared Window (10.3 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Another MCS produced tornadoes and damaging winds across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois on 21 July (SPC storm reports ) at one point a storm in northern Illinois exhibited a seldom-seen warm trench surrounding an overshooting top (below ).

GOES-16 Infrared Window (10.3 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Early in the day on 23 July, transverse banding a signature indicating the likelihood of high-altitude turbulence was seen around the northern periphery of an MCS that was centered in southern Illinois (below ).

GOES-16 Infrared Window (10.3 µm) image [click to enlarge]

A pattern of mesoscale banding was displayed by thunderstorms that produced localized 1-2 amounts of rainfall across southern Wisconsin on 26 July (below ).

GOES-16 Infrared Window (10.3 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Also noteworthy was the swath of very heavy rainfall during this 1-week period across eastern Iowa, far southwestern Wisconsin and northern Illinois(below), which was responsible for flash flooding in those areas.

7-day total precipitation, departure from normal and percent of normal [click to enlarge]


Urban Dictionary: b boy #bboy #cloud


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The words Break Boy and Break Girl originated from the Bronx of New York. In the early 70 s Dj Kool Herc would play the breaks of songs. Meaning, he would only play parts of the songs where it was beat only, no lyrics. This would excite the people to dance. So in turn girls and guys who danced to these breaks were called Break Boy and Break Girl or B-Boy; B-Girl in short.
B-boying started with the James Brown s 1969 Get on the Good Foot . When on stage James Brown would dance around with such energy and almost acrobatic moves, many people began mimicking his moves, so they called it the Good Foot . The Good Foot was mainly dancing around that involved drops or spins on the floor. Thus, the beginning evolution of breaking.
During the 1970 s martial arts were also very popular, so B-Boys (for the most part) incorporated martial art stunts to wow the crowds. And today b-boying has evolved into a highly demanding dance physically and mentally. With massive b-boy dance competitions being held around the world, such as BOTY (Battle of the Year) in Germany and the FreeStyle Sessions.

It is important to know that the term b-boy cannot be used for an emcee, DJ or rapper. Only breakers can be called b-boys.

Also b-boys do not like to be called Break-dancers , as this was a term coined by the media in the 80 s, and is not a true hip-hop phrase. Break-dancers are dancers who have no style and show their powermoves to get props from people who have no idea about breaking.

B-boy Cloud has the Dopest Top-rock ever.

B-boy Benji has the illest powermove combos.

by enveoner January 24, 2005

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Popular to contrary belief, B-Boy was a phrase invented by the gay community as long ago as the 1960 s.
The saying B-Boy was slang for Bottom-Boy which was a discreat way of indicating someones sexuality (to the homosexual persuasion). Since the 60 s this slang term (ironicly) became known as break-boy for breakdancing, however, both meanings still exist.

I m meeting with a new B boy tonight to see if he s right for me

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– Break Boy. the true name for what the media called breakdancing . You men and women that got off to the break of a song

JoJo, Spy, Jimmy Dee, were Bboys from the original Rock Steady Crew.

by maze January 05, 2004

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your a b-boy and a butt pirate so you don t count

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bboy stands for break boy and is the only true dance of hip hop. The name was givin first by dj kool herc to his dancers at one of his famous parties. Break can stand for a few things. It can stand for when the dj played a song and extended the break for people to dance, and it can also stand for people trying to reach a breaking point in their dancing and trying to reach new limits. The media began to call it break dancing but that is not the correct name. Bboying started with top rocking and dancing at parties, then was taken to the floor by people like the nigga twins. Now over time it as progressed and become more acrobatic and has added new style. Bboying is an element of hip hop and is its own dance, but a lot of moves came from a variety of places including tap, jazz, gymnastics, capoeira, and yoga, and keeps on growing.

Look at all the bboys and bgirls.
I was bboying.

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Breakdancing, also known as breaking and b-boying.

B-boys do breakdancing.

by Wozza525 April 11, 2006

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a noun for a boy who has an erection but tries to hide it and pretends he doesn t have one.

girl: what are you doing?
boy: nothing (turns around)
girl: b-boy

by bg.cy.321 December 15, 2008

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How to install Nextcloud 12 on Ubuntu Server, ubuntu cloud server setup.#Ubuntu


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How to install Nextcloud 12 on Ubuntu Server

Nextcloud 12 has arrived with a host of changes and new features. Jack Wallen walks you through the process of installing the next iteration of this powerhouse cloud server on Ubuntu 16.04.

By Jack Wallen | May 31, 2017, 12:30 PM PST

Ubuntu cloud server setup

The latest release of the Nextcloud cloud server has been unleashed and it offers quite a lot in the way of improvements and new features (including some major improvements to the user interface). Some of the updates include:

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  • Easier sharing of the current folder
  • Ability to move files through the menu rather than drag and drop
  • Secure Drop: Unique public link shares to multiple users (each with their own settings, such as permissions, password protection, and expiration date
  • Real time communication and collaboration
  • Global Shares for users
  • Guest app (a perfect way to give a temporary and restricted access to a customer or a partner to shared data)
  • Excludedirs app (enables a specific folder pattern to be excluded from being indexed)
  • Quota Warning app
  • JSloader app (allows the administrator to include JavaScript into all Nextcloud pages)
  • Impersonate app (allows administrators to impersonate another user)

I want to walk you through the process of installing Nextcloud 12 on the Ubuntu Server 16.04 platform. I’ll assume this is a fresh install of both the operating system and the cloud server. With that said, let’s begin.

Installing the dependencies

Before we get to the process of installing Nextcloud we must install all of the necessary dependencies. To do this, open up a terminal window, and issue the following commands:

If you didn’t already have MySQL (or MariaDB) installed on the server, you will be prompted to add a root user password for the database server.

Create the database

Next we’re going to create the necessary database to create the database (and give it the correct permissions), do the following:

  1. Open up a terminal window
  2. Connect to the database with the command mysql -u -root -p
  3. When prompted, enter the MySQL root user password
  4. Create the database with the command CREATE DATABASE nextcloud;
  5. Give the root user permissions with the command GRANT ALL ON nextcloud.* to ‘root’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘PASSWORD’; Where PASSWORD is the MySQL root user password
  6. Flush the database privileges with the command FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
  7. Exit the database with the command exit;

Configure Apache

Now we must configure the Apache server. This is actually quite simple. Create the file /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextcloud.conf with the following contents:

Save and close that file. Now we need to link the /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextcloud.conf to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/nextcloud.conf with the command:

The next stage of the Apache configuration is to enable a few modules. To do this, go back to your terminal window and issue the following commands:

NOTE: Depending upon your setup, some of the above modules will already be loaded.

Finally, let’s enable SSL with the commands:

Reload Apache with the command:

Download and extract the Nextcloud file

Now it’s time to download the Nextcloud file and extract it into the proper directory. Download the Nextcloud 12.0.0 file and save it in the /var/www directory. Extract the file with the command sudo unzip nextcloud-12.0.0.zip.

The last step here is to give the newly-created directory the proper permissions. To do this, issue the following command:

Fire up the installer

Now it’s time to point your browser to http://SERVER_IP/nextcloud (Where SERVER_IP is the actual IP address of your Nextcloud server). You will be greeted by a window where you create an admin account and enter the necessary details for the database (Figure A).

The final step of the installation.

  • The database information was created earlier
  • The user will be root
  • The database name will be nextcloud
  • The password was chosen during the installation of the MySQL (or MariaDB) database

Other than that, leave the information as is. Click Install and the process will complete, landing you on your new Nextcloud instance.

Get to know the new Nextcloud

If you’ve used Nextcloud in the past, you’ll want to take the time to familiarize yourself with the new interface (there have been a number of changes). Other than gaining a modicum of familiarity, your Nextcloud cloud server is ready to go.

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Also see

  • Nextcloud ramps up to a global scalable solution (TechRepublic)
  • Nextcloud 12: A look at new features (TechRepublic)
  • How to add RainLoop Webmail to a Nextcloud server (TechRepublic)
  • How to connect your Nextcloud server to a federation (TechRepublic)
  • Nextcloud 12: The bigger, better, in-house small business cloud (ZDNet)

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Home Format Comment Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome

Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome

28 July, 2014 Written by Banking Tech

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Alastair Brown is head of eChannels at RBS global transaction services

The European Commission wants to bring down the barriers to cloud computing in a move that promises to revolutionise the way transaction banks can serve clients, writes Alastair Brown.

By providing near-unlimited hardware and software resources on an off-the-peg, pay-as-you-go basis over the internet, cloud computing drives down costs, enables innovation and creates the flexibility to respond to change.

Traditionally banks were reluctant to embrace such technologies, especially on security grounds. There are other challenges too, such as regulation and the potential complexity involved in managing many different suppliers spread all over the world.

But the past year has seen them taking a closer look as they start to fully understand the benefits it can bring and in response to growing use of the cloud by clients. Most companies believe it will play a central role in their future strategies, according to a survey from IBM. They are also demanding greater connectivity with their banks, a process eased by the cloud’s use of standard technologies.

The EC is also waking up to the possibilities. In a recent policy paper, the EC’s European Cloud Partnership spelt out the need to tackle issues around data, privacy security and legal differences across national boundaries. Its vision is to create a secure environment in which private and public sector organisations can use, buy and sell cloud services.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing lets people use the internet to tap into hardware, software and a range of related services on demand from powerful computers usually based in remote locations.

Successfully enabling the widespread adoption of cloud computing could add €250 billion to European GDP by 2020, thanks to greater innovation and productivity, according to research conducted by International Data Corporation on behalf of the EC. Nearly four million new jobs could be created as a result.

This would amount to more than 3.8 million new jobs, although this number does not include jobs lost to cloud-related business reorganisations and productivity gains.

Cloud computing can help meet all these challenges. There are few areas of transaction banking it does not touch from cash management, trade and supply chain finance to payments, mobile banking and business analytics. The key to competitive advantage will lie in the know-how brought to bear on behalf of clients.

All this momentum is building at a time when banks are under increasing pressure to use their IT budgets more efficiently, while competition from non-bank payments providers is much tougher and the need to serve clients better is becoming more acute.

But it is not a technological Valhalla – there are disadvantages too.

Six big benefits of the cloud:

1. Cut costs: cloud computing means banks will not have to invest heavily in dedicated hardware, software and related manpower. It is much easier for them to update their IT infrastructure and the cloud’s modular, pay-on-demand model means they pay only for the hardware and software they need.

2. Improve flexibility and scalability: the cloud gives banks the ability to respond quickly to changing market, customer and technological needs. They can scale up and scale down technology according to requirement. The ability to respond quickly will be an important competitive edge.

3. Increase efficiency: banks will enjoy improved efficiency ratios and operating leverage. The standardisation inherent in the cloud could makes it easier to integrate new technologies and applications in the future. Because technology and business operations can be much more closely aligned, the cloud gives banks a golden opportunity to drive out complexity.

4. Serve clients faster: cloud computing makes new and bundled products and services easier to develop and launch, either on a stand-alone basis or in partnership. It eliminates procurement delays for hardware and software. Banks will be able to boost computing power to meet demand peaks and provide the latest treasury solutions without needing to worry about whether the technology is up to date. Corporates will be able to access bank systems using web browsers from anywhere at anytime.

5. Forge stronger client relationships: The combination of big data and potentially unlimited computing power will allow banks to develop systems capable of providing better insight into clients and make better decisions on their behalf. Services could become more customised.

6. Bring clients closer to their clients: transaction banking eases payments between buyers and sellers. At the moment the activities needed to process payments are inherently inefficient because they use different technology. But buyers and sellers could be brought together on shared applications in the cloud.

The five main challenges :

1. Security and compliance: maintain at all times the security of data. Banks need to demand stringent safety measures from suppliers and ensure new applications meet the latest and most rigorous security standards. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are a must.

2. Reliability: ensure that applications and data are always available in the event of a natural disaster or an unpredictable event. Banks need to have stringent SLAs in place, complete with guarantees, end-game scenarios and remedies if a provider fails to meet service levels.

3. Cloud management: achieving visibility and measuring performance are harder to do, especially if, as seems likely, large banks will source cloud services from several providers and to use them for both internal – or private – and external, or public, services. This could result in a bank having to handle multiple security systems, and the need to ensure all parts of their business can communicate with each other and where necessary with clients. I

ncreased use of various technology infrastructures and a mix of different cloud environments internally and externally mean banks will need to develop fully-fledged cloud management platforms. They will be a necessity to ensure banks can fully realise the cost savings and flexibility benefits of cloud computing.

4. Interoperability: banks will need to ensure data and applications can be moved across cloud environments from a number of providers. They should look to develop a single interface and management layer that can work across different platforms internally and externally.

5. Regulation: the rules governing the cloud vary from country to country. Many countries’ data protection laws impose constraints on where data is kept, limiting take-up. This is why the EC’s move to regulate the cloud is welcome.

Article 50, triggered just nine months after Brexit was officially announced, will give the UK exactly two years to strike a deal with the EU concerning its departure from the economic and trading bloc. What will be the impact of the referendum on the square mile? Will it cease to be the major financial hub this side of the Atlantic?

There is no question that the commercial card sector is growing strongly. According to Research and Markets, the US commercial card market in particular is outstripping other B2B payment types. For banks and banking services providers, this presents a huge opportunity to grow revenues while improving customer experience – a vital component in customer retention and increased lifetime value.


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